Today in Sports History [9/2/2013] – Boxer Tommy Morrison Dies at Age 44
Earlier today, it was confirmed that former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison passed away. Morrison, who co-starred in “Rocky V” and had his career cut short when he tested positive for HIV, was only 44.
After two wins in 1993, including one over two-time world title challenger Carl “The Truth” Williams, Morrison found himself fighting for the WBO title again, against heavyweight boxing legend George Foreman, who was himself making a comeback. As both men were famed for their punching power, an exciting battle was expected, but Morrison chose to avoid brawling with Foreman and spent the fight boxing from long range.
Morrison was able to hit and move effectively in this manner, and after a closely contested bout he won a unanimous 12-round decision and the WBO title.